“I wanted to do something for school children in India, I was so impressed by St Mary’s school and all they are trying to achieve in this remote area of the Himalayan foothills that my friend Dennis and I decided that this was a project we wish to support” - Ratan Mandal
I've been a tea taster for the past 10 years. I began making ceramics in Calcutta, and I started a small tea room so that people could try drinking out of my pottery. I have very good friends and family in Darjeeling, so I was getting the tea from there—and that was how I came into the tea industry. I always want things to be better and better, so within three years I had become a tea taster. When I taste the tea, it's not like in a special room, in a special chair, at a particular time. When my mind says taste the tea, if it's 10 o'clock at night, first thing in the morning—that is the time for the tasting.